A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America eBook

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swelling hills, and fertile lawns; which last having been lately mown, were covered with a rich green sward most pleasing to the eye.  The banks of the river at Bordentown are high, and the town, as seen from the water, has a pretty effect.  Here a stage took us across New Jersey to Amboy.  This is not a large town, nor can it ever be of much importance, being situated too near the cities of New York and Philadelphia.  At Amboy we again took the steam-boat up the bay, and after a delightful sail of thirty miles, through scenery the most beautiful and magnificent, we arrived at New York.

When I was at New York about fifteen months before, I was informed that the working classes were being organized into regular bodies, similar to the “union of trades” in England, for the purpose of retaining all political power in their own hands.  This organization has taken place at the suggestion of Frances Wright, of whom I shall again have occasion to speak presently, and has succeeded to an astonishing extent.  There are three or four different bodies of the “workies,” as they call themselves familiarly, which vary somewhat from each other in their principles, and go different lengths in their attacks on the present institutions of society.  There are those of them called “agrarians,” who contend that there should be a law passed to prohibit individuals holding beyond a certain quantity of ground; and that at given intervals of time there should be an equal division of property throughout the land.  This is the most ultra, and least numerous class; the absurdity of whose doctrines must ultimately destroy them as a body.  Various handbills and placards may be seen posted about the city, calling meetings of these unions.  Some of those handbills are of a most extraordinary character indeed.  I shall here insert a copy of one, which I took off a wall, and have now in my possession.  It may serve to illustrate the character of those clubs.


The Mechanics and other working men of the city of New York, and of these such and such only as live by their own useful industry, who wish to retain all political power in their own hands;


A just compensation for labour, Banks and Bankers,

Abolishing imprisonment for debt, Auctions and Auctioneers,

An efficient lien law, Monopolies and

A general system of education; Monopolists of all descriptions,
  including food, clothing
  and instruction, equal for all, Brokers,
  at the public expense, without
  separation of children from
Lawyers, and
                                     Rich men for office, and to all
Exemption from sale by execution, those, either rich or poor,
  of mechanics’ tools and who favour them,
  implements sufficiently
  extensive to enable them to Exemption of Property from
  carry on business:  Taxation: 

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